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Good first day of cut; Reconsidering aspects of my plan.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by  
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September
9
2015

The week leading up to my cut was a dietary free-for-all, and the long Labor Day weekend was the exclamation point. I know it sounds counter-intuitive to go nuts right before starting a cut–and there’s no question I added a couple of pounds of fat last week–but this practice really works for me. Why? Because by the time my cut starts I’m craving clean, wholesome foods. Right now a freshly grilled chicken breast and a big salad sounds infinitely more appealing than a pizza. Over the years I’ve discussed just how important momentum is, and I think getting a cutting program off to a strong start is critical.

I really struggle with the notion that pizza can be a part of a cutting diet, even occasionally.

I really struggle with the notion that pizza can be a part of a cutting diet, even occasionally.

On the subject of momentum, my planned weekly cheat meal for this cut (which is something I never employ while cutting) has me feeling anxious. Most people look forward to a weekly break from strict dieting, but I’m definitely not in that camp. I’ve always looked at anything that slows my progress down as a cancer, and so I’m really struggling with the notion of letting off the gas, even a little bit. I may have to back off from my original plan a tad, and call the weekly splurge meal purely optional. 🙂 I’m also reconsidering the allowance of alcohol with the splurge meal. Alcohol and cutting go together like oil and water. Sure, I could have a couple drinks once per week and it won’t kill my progress… but it sure ain’t helping, either.

I’ll have to give all of this some more thought.

Anyway, yesterday was a solid start to the cut. My body is shedding the excess water, I didn’t miss the alcohol or junk food one bit, I slept great last night and I had an excellent ride yesterday morning. This morning I was up at 4:30 sharp, feeling energetic and positive.

I’m sometimes asked what my absolute #1 tip for dieters is. That’s an easy one! Look for the answer in tomorrow’s blog.

John Stone Fitness Comments

5 Responses to “Good first day of cut; Reconsidering aspects of my plan.”
  1. The “cut” thread over the last few weeks has been interesting and highlights one of the great things about this blog: Our bodies and what we do with them is a process. If something doesn’t work for whatever reason, quantify the results and change the process. Learn and move on.

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  2. Hey John! In my opinion understanding your own mind is one of the most critical aspects of dieting, and you figured out a long time ago what works best for you. Perhaps you could go half-way and have a couple of planned cheat meals for social events but the rest of the time take your usual approach? I must say, feels unusual offering you of all people dieting tips! Haha. Looking forward to reading about it, however you plan to go about it!

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    • Over the past few days I’ve been leaning that direction, but another part of me wants to keep it strict the whole way. That’s my comfort zone, and I know it works. If I go that route, I will be more apt to have refeed days than I was in early 2015.

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  3. Definitely should be optional. Right now you are coming off a time of eating somewhat in excess so take advantage of this time to cut a big chunk off. However don’t miss out on some of those social occasions that you spoke of. When you need to have something off your diet then have it. Maybe that won’t happen for two weeks or a month.

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